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#5 - "the Jet" 3.25" Drop Point Hunter

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by BigUglyMan, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. BigUglyMan

    BigUglyMan Active Member

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    I can post more about this knife on this forum because I know that it's soon to be recipient isn't a member here, unlike CGN! So you guys get a bit more detail than they do!

    I decided to make a knife for my best friend, Jimmy "The Jet" Craig, for his 50th birthday (the party is next Saturday). He doesn't hunt anymore but is a knife nut of the first order. He has said several times that he'd love to have me make him a knife and I told him that I was more than willing...he just had to make the drive down so that we could go over materials and get him exactly what he wanted. But he doesn't drive out too often.

    I thought this would be a nice one for him to use for whatever he uses his knives for anymore! Likely just for wearing around and whittling the occasional stick but still, finally he'll have one. I also thought it would be apropos to make the knife using caribou antler from our old stomping grounds in the Mackenzie Delta.

    This knife is a nice, standard 3.25" Drop Point Hunter in O1 steel with brass bolster and pins and caribou antler scales This is the second knife that I've done with the boiled vinegar blade finish and I like the way it turned out. But on the other hand, this knife reminds me of how little I like working with caribou antler. It can be tricky because it has a relatively thin outer shell and inside is a terrible mess of porous bone that you have to work at to seal up. But in the end I think it worked out pretty nicely.

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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Very nice. The red spacer material really emphasize the lines.
     
  3. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Wow, very nice. I love the way that antler looks. I've not yet had the ba.. i mean ... courage to try bone or antler but I do love the way they look. Also, really nice shape to the bolster. I'm not real great with those either. Slowly but surely... Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Also, love the sheath. Is that meant for scout carry? (i think that's what it's called). I'm not sure but i think i see a loop around the side that lets you carry it on your belt too. Love the versatility and that look a lot.
     
  5. BigUglyMan

    BigUglyMan Active Member

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    The sheath is a shameless ripoff of my Dad's favourite design. Not sure if it's called "scout" carry or "old fat truck hunter" carry! Basically it can go on your belt either horizontally or vertically which keeps it from jabbing you in the love handles when you sit down.
     
  6. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Heh... i get it, I have that same problem. I have not yet started working with leather but hope to soon. Would I be overstepping if I used this same idea? I'm not sure of the protocol for this kind of thing. Thanks Big..
     
  7. BigUglyMan

    BigUglyMan Active Member

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    I doubt there's much new under the sun. Hell, we've all ripped off Bob Loveless at one time or another so feel free to put your spin on it.
     
  8. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Cool, thanks. I've never done leather work before so it's very likely to not look anything like .... well, anything anybody's ever done before really.
     

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